Kyoshi Terry Gravelin, who has taught martial arts in Cedar Springs for the last 15 years, will travel to Washington D.C. to a master’s seminar, for an evaluation of his skill level by the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate Association June 23-27. All high ranking Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Instructors are required to be there.
Assessing instructor abilities and skill levels will be done by a board of 9th degree black belts that traveled here from Okinawa, Japan. These five Black Belts represent Hanshi Shugoro Nakazato, who has been the leader of this system of karate for the last 45 years.
Gravelin will be evaluated for his 8th degree Black Belt rank. If he qualifies, he will be invited and required to travel to Okinawa, Japan to test for his 8th degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ryu karate, and his 6th degree Black Belt in Ryu-Kyu Kobudo, which is a style of traditional Okinawan weaponry.
Gravelin has been teaching for 25 years and been involved in martial arts for 35 years. Besides his other Black Belts, he has earned a 3rd degree ni Kenshikiryu Jujitsu and brown belts in Aikido and Judo. He has a bachelors degree from GVSU with an emphasis in counseling children.